Andre Roberts 'fell in love' with golf

June 12, 2019 - 10:35 am

There was no doubt defensive tackle Kyle Williams held the title of "best golfer on the Buffalo Bills" for the last 13 years, but Williams retired this offseason and, in fact, just played in the United States Amateur Four-Ball Championship a couple weeks ago. With Williams gone, there's another player who looks like he's stepping right into that unofficial role, and he just showed up a couple months ago.

Wide receiver/kick returner Andre Roberts is currently a 3.3 handicap. Even more impressive, Roberts didn't even start playing the sport until just about seven years ago, when he was 24-years-old and playing for the Arizona Cardinals. That's when his former teammate, kicker Jay Feely, a known avid and good golfer himself, took him out to play a few times. Roberts, signed by the Bills as an unrestricted free agent in March, says he immediately caught the golf bug and fell in love with the sport, and has been playing ever since.

"I play pretty much all offseason," he told me after Tuesday's mandatory minicamp. "Once we start playing football, I start going to none at all, especially during the season. I'm playing some good golf."

Roberts is not only good and loves to play, he loves to play on some of the best courses in America. During the offseason, the South Carolina native spends some time traveling from state to state playing some of the Top-100 golf courses in the country. He just swung his clubs at Pine Valley last weekend. The New Jersey course was ranked No. 1 by Golf Magazine's 100 Top Courses in the United States and the World in 2012, 2015, and 2019.

Roberts didn't just play Pine Valley, he even broke 80 in one of his rounds there.

"I'm a really good putter," he said when I asked him to describe his game. "I can hit the ball pretty far off the tee, but I think the worst part of my game is my iron play. But I have a really good short game so that makes up for it."

Driver. Irons. Putting. It all must have been working pretty well when Roberts shot his lowest round ever, a 1-under par 71 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, rated one of the top courses in the state.

The weather hasn't been very conducive for golf in Western New York this spring, but Roberts is hoping that changes and he has a chance to play more here and elsewhere while the team is off for about six weeks before training camp starts.

"I'll hopefully carry it on through the summer," he said of the way he's playing right now. "But once the summer ends and we get to training camp my handicap will go back up."

And when he does get out, does he expect any Bills players to take him on?

"I haven't had any challengers yet," he said. "With the weather early on, we haven't been able to play as much, but hopefully we can out here pretty soon before the season starts."

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